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Amid Assam-Mizoram border rift, Centre to rely on satellite imaging to resolve border disputes between northeastern states

FPJ Web Desk | Updated on: Sunday, August 01, 2021, 06:40 PM IST

A clash broke out between Police and people at the disputed Assam-Mizoram border, on Monday. | Photo: ANI
A clash broke out between Police and people at the disputed Assam-Mizoram border, on Monday. | Photo: ANI
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After the violent clashes that took place at Assam Mizoram border, the Centre has decided to demarcate boundaries of the Northeastern states through satellite imaging to settle inter-state border disputes.

Acording to India Today report, the task of demarcating boundaries has been given to the North Eastern Space Application Centre (NESAC), a joint initiative of the Department of Space (DoS) and the North Eastern Council (NEC), said senior government officials.

The Centre has no plans to order an inquiry by a neutral agency like the CBI into the recent fatal clashes along the Assam-Mizoram border but is trying to defuse the situation as early as possible in a peaceful manner. The two senior government functionaries said the Central government does not want to take any decision that may further escalate the ground situation.

They said the Central government wants a peaceful resolution of the current border dispute between Assam and Mizoram and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is in regular touch with the two Chief Ministers -- Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram).

Following the July 26 violence, both Assam and Mizoram Police registered separate cases naming each others' political leaders and police and civil officials. While the Assam Police has named several police officers of Mizoram and served summonses to them and to the state's lone Rajya Sabha MP K Vanlalvena, the Mizoram Police registered a case against civil and police officers of Assam and also named CM Sarma in the FIR.

The two functionaries cited a number of measures taken to lower the tension along the Assam-Mizoram border.

The chief secretaries and DGPs of the two states on July 28 attended a meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla where the decision to deploy a neutral central force (CRPF) at the clash site was taken.

Prior to that, both the chief secretaries met in Delhi for a bilateral meeting. Subsequently, advisories were sent by the central government to both the states asking them to maintain peace and normalcy along their inter-state border.

Meanwhile, amidst the Assam-Mizoram rift, CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said that border dispute with Nagaland has been resolved. He said that both the sides have arrived at an understanding to withdraw states' forces from border locations.

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Published on: Sunday, August 01, 2021, 06:40 PM IST